from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Roman Catholic Church An annual calendar containing instructions for the Mass and office to be celebrated on each day of the year.

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  • n. A musical phrase constructed from one or more statements of one modal pattern and ending in a rest.
  • n. A calendar which prescribes the Mass and office which is to be celebrated each day.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In prosody, a colon or series.
  • n. In some Latin school-books, especially texts of poets, a rearrangement of the Latin words in English order.
  • n. Eccles.: A directory or book of rubrics.
  • n. An office or service with its rubrics.


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Medieval Latin ōrdō, from Latin, order; see ar- in Indo-European roots.

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From Latin ōrdō.


  • “Ordinary” is from the Latin word ordo, “a regular row, line, or series, methodical arrangement, order” having the impact of “proper order”, not just any arrangement.

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  • OH WAIT!!!! the novus ordo is a joke, just without a punch line.

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  • At the time when Master Pihringer came to dwell with us, Herdegen was already high enough to pass into the upper school, for he was first in his 'ordo'; but our guardian, the old knight Hans Im Hoff, of whom I shall have much to tell, held that he was yet too young for the risks of

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  • Quoting Stephen Padgett: A central tenet of ordo-liberalism is a clearly defined division of labor in economic management, with specific responsibilities assigned to particular institutions.

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  • It contains the ordo for both forms, and illustrates the way in which the ordinary chants are shared in both forms, and highlights the common use of chant for both forms.

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  • From its birth, the United States thus infused its diplomacy with a revolutionary ideology that looked to the creation of a novus ordo seclorum in the international sphere as well as the domestic.

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  • The people attached to the old use are happy to see the Extrordinary Form ordo, and for the others who know only the Ordinary Form, they can use the book to be enticed by the integration between the two forms.

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  • Many people are seeking only a book with readings plus ordo and that's it, at a rock bottom price.

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  • Lewis goes back to St. Augustine, who spoke of the ordo amoris, “the ordinate condition of the affections in which every object is accorded that kind and degree of love which is appropriate to it,” and to Aristotle, who asserts that “the aim of education is to make the pupil like and dislike what he ought.”

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  • For the ordinary of the Mass, the ordo uses Mass XI, "Orbis Factor," along with Credo I.

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